“I think really the test is what you do at the foul line," according to Herb Magee.
The Hall of Fame coach with the nickname of "The Shot Doctor" knows a thing or two about shooting.
He talked with Amy Fadool recently about Ben Simmons' heavily scrutinized shot and analyzed the 23-year-old's form from the foul line.
Simmons bumped his free throw percentage from 56 percent as a rookie to 60 percent last season.
"I wish he would have experienced greater improvement because I believe his work warranted that," Brett Brown said in May.
The implications of Simmons knocking down free throws at a higher rate would be significant.
“If he gets it up to 75 [percent], maybe even 80, it’s going to add a point or two to his average," Magee said, "but also it’s going to stop teams from fouling him at the end of games to try to get the basketball.”
So, what does Magee see wrong in Simmons' foul shot and how can the All-Star point guard improve it?
Watch the video above for his analysis.
And, if you want to learn from Magee himself, he has a clinic coming up on Aug. 18 at Jefferson University for players eight to 18 years old, and for coaches as well. Click here for information about how to register.
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